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Confederate Regiment

26th Georgia Infantry

Organized: Brunswick, GA; mustered in October 1861

 

Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
  Col. Edmund N. Atkinson

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of Northern Virginia
  Corps - Jackson's Command
  Division - Ewell's Division
  Brigade - Lawton's Brigade


Unit history

Originally the 13th Georgia Regiment, made up of militia companies from Southeastern Georgia Counties, upon its reorganization the regiment was designated the 26th Georgia Regiment.

The regiment remained on the Georgia coast for about a year and then was sent by rail to Virginia where they joined Robert E. Lee's Army. The 26th was first engaged in action at Gaine's Mill one of the 7 Days Battles around Richmond where the huge Federal Army under Gen. George McClellan was defeated and forced to retreat. The Gaine's Mill action was fought on June 27, 1862.

The 26th Georgia was first assigned to A. R. Lawton's Brigade in the Second Corps (Stonewall Jackson) of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Brigade was the largest in the army.

Lee next turned his attention to Gen. Edwin Pope who was marauding in the Manassas area of Virginia. Here in a stand-up fight with the Iron Brigade of Wisconsin, the 26th Georgia was decimated. This first day's battle was August 28.

On the Sharpsburg Campaign

Lawton's Brigade and the 26th Georgia were positioned at the south of the infamous "cornfield." They bore the brunt of Hooker's early morning attack. In a short time half of the Brigade's soldiers were casualties.

Statistics

Initial Strength: not known; Killed in Action (KIA): 6; Wounded (WIA): 49; Missing in Action (MIA): 6;

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #314: Jackson's Command - 15 Sep, 4 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
Tablet #326: Ewell's Division, Jackson's Command - 15 Sep, 6 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
Tablet #343: Lawton's Brigade, Ewell's Division - 16 Sep, 10 PM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #315: Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM

We have 9 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
DPvtGuest, Miles J.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
DPvtWilkinson, Martin KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
HPvtBox, Joseph MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtMitchell, John A.POW   09/17     We have some details for this person
KPvtJones, Ezra MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
LLtRice, David P.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
LPvtStephens, Isham E.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
F&SColAtkinson, Edmund Nathan        We have some details for this person
UnkPvtBurbank, E. D.Died   00/00

 

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